Cause Lawyering : Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities
They describe the utility of law as a resource in political struggles and, conversely, highlight the constraints under which lawyers necessarily operate when they turn to politics. Some provide broad theoretical overviews; others present rich case studies. Advancing a fundamental argument about the very nature of the legal profession, this book explains the strategies that cause lawyers deploy, as well as the challenges they face in trying to be legally astute and effective while remaining politically devoted and aware. Although it is a controversial way of practicing law, cause lawyering, as explicated in the essays in this volume, is indeed indispensable to the legitimization of professional authority.
- Paperback | 576 pages
- 155.2 x 232.9 x 38.4mm | 875.86g
- 19 Jan 1998
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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I know of in print that approaches it in quality and breath."-Robert Gordon, Yale Law School "Cause Lawyering is a comprehensive, transnational description and analysis of lawyers who put social goals ahead of client considerations. In elegant and provocative terms, Professors Sarat and Scheingold and their colleagues tell us what cause lawyers do, who they are, why they are committed to social causes, and what they accomplish. These lawyers, frequently working at the margins of legal systems and rarely well-paid, are the true statespeople of the
legal profession and it is fitting that their efforts be analyzed by such an accomplished and thoughtful group of sociolegal scholars."-William L. F. Felstiner, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, University of Wales, Cardiff "Cause Lawyering offers a fascinating collection of empirical and theoretical work on a topic of considerable importance. This book also provides a set of tools and organizing principles that should reinvigorate both national and comparative studies of what has become a neglected sector of the legal profession-those trying to improve the lives of the disadvantaged."-Bryant Garth, Director of the American Bar Foundation This is a fascinating and important book. Fascinating because it examines a wide variety of situations in which lawyers have sought to use their professional skills to further political goals, to "do good", at least by their own lights. Important because it documents the stuggle of lawyers in several countries to vindicate human rights and to assert the rulke of law in the face of repressive regimes in varoius shades. * Peter Kunzlik, Nottingham Law Journal Vol 8(2) 1999 *
About Austin Sarat
Stuart Scheingold is Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of The Politics of Street Crime (1991) and The Politics of Law and Order (1984), among other books.